MOT Youth TVET Camp – Training MOT YOUTH as Peer Educators and Leaders

MOT South Africa with the Western Cape TVET Colleges (False Bay TVET College, Northlink College, Boland College, College of Cape Town, West Coast College and South Cape College) held a MOT Youth training camp at the Bridges of Hope Centre, in Wemmershoek, Franschoek, from 29 to 31 May 2015.

The programme included a variety of activities to train and inspire young people to be actively involved in the MOT programmes across its various campuses. The students were chosen to attend the campus based on their leadership abilities, as well as showing a passion for helping their peers.


False Bay TVET College (FBC) sent its Student Representative Council (SRC) and Class Representatives. We believe that by instilling the MOT values in our student leadership, we will make our student leadership stronger, more viable and in touch with their peers. We have been focusing on achieving this over the last few months following a motivation from our FBC SRC president, Linamandla Deliwe.

Linamandla had undergone the MOT Youth training in 2014 and he had felt that it had empowered him as a student leader and given him valuable skills in leading the SRC in 2015. He approached the college management to focus on training all SRC members as MOT Youth.

The camp was a wonderful time of shared experiences and motivational sessions. On Friday, the students were treated to some wonderful words of wisdom from Mr Zozo Siyengo, Chief Director of TVET Colleges in the Western Cape DHET Regional Office and a member of the MOT Board. He shared with the students what it meant to be a leader. The students were enthralled by his talk and had lots of questions to ask him.

Saturday and Sunday focused on understanding the MOT Programme and how to use its content to inspire other young people. A highlight on Saturday was a motivational talk by MOT South Africa Brand Ambassador, Natalie Becker who always finds a way to connect with young people and inspire them with her own life story.

What was a humbling experience for the MOT facilitators and MOT South Africa staff was to see the level of maturity in the future leaders of our country. They are focused, motivated young people who have clear goals. It was a privilege to be a part of the development of this phenomenal group of young people.

Some feedback from students who attended the MOT YOUTH CAMP was as follows:

Keep up the good work of changing us the youth the leaders of this world!!!”

“I thank you from the bottom of our hearts we have really learnt a lot from you. I think it’s time for me to stand up & and focus on the positive things”

“I really needed this and thank for identifying that leadership qualities in me. Awesome learning environment”

“This is a good programme to build the youth and guide them to make better choices in life”

“The things I learned at the camp changed my way of thinking. It gave me a great outlook on life and how to deal with the hard things life throws at us. I can use the knowledge I gained in any part of my life,” says Alan Clark.

He continues: “With what I have learned, I will be able to influence others around me in a positive way and I know I can do this if I have a positive attitude. I am inspired to make other people’s lives better with the lessons MOT has taught me. I can only grow from now and learn more.”

The MOT Programme has shown - via research conducted from the FET Institute at the University of the Western Cape - to have made a positive impact in the lives of students.

The outcomes for students included being more purposeful and goal directed, building on their strengths and improving weaknesses, being courageous and being able to decide on what was right or wrong.

The students were emphatic about the positive influence MOT had in their lives and their daily interactions with their peers.


Group photo MOT Youth TVET Colleges 2015 2